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dc.contributor.authorAhdar, Rex
dc.date.available2018-11-29T03:14:30Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationUniversity of Queensland Law Journal, vol 33. no 1 (2014): 29-41.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/8622
dc.description.abstractWilliams v Commonwealth is an important decision for many reasons. In this article I shall focus on the broader normative arguments concerning state-funded chaplains, specifically those in public schools. I will address each of the principal objections to publicly-funded school chaplains, and endeavour to answer each one. The main criticisms of school chaplains and the Australian Federal Government’s National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (‘NSCSWP’), as it is now called, can be usefully drawn from an article by Greens member of the New South Wales Upper House, Dr John Kaye. After considering the major objections, I will next briefly discuss the religious test argument and then conclude with some brief thoughts on the compatibility of chaplaincies with the secular state. The US Supreme Court once had to decide whether legislative chaplains paid out of the public purse were a ‘real threat’ under the Constitution versus a ‘mere shadow’ on the Establishment Clause. For over a century, chaplains compensated out of public funds had said a prayer at the start of each day’s proceedings of the Nebraska state legislature. The majority of the Supreme Court concluded the paid chaplains represented no ‘real threat’ to religious freedom nor to the principle of the nonestablishment of religion. That same conclusion ought to be reached in respect of state-funded school chaplains in Australia.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherUniversity of Queensland Law Schoolen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofUniversity of Queensland Law Journalen_NZ
dc.subjectschool chaplainsen_NZ
dc.subjectstate-fundingen_NZ
dc.subjectchurch-state relationsen_NZ
dc.subjectseparation of church and stateen_NZ
dc.subjectproselytizingen_NZ
dc.titleA Real Threat or a Mere Shadow? School Chaplaincy Programs and the Secular Stateen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2018-11-28T20:16:32Z
otago.schoolUniversity of Otago Faculty of Lawen_NZ
otago.relation.issue1en_NZ
otago.relation.volume33en_NZ
otago.bitstream.endpage41en_NZ
otago.bitstream.startpage29en_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
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